For nearly 40 years, Regent University’s mission has been to equip Christian leaders to change the world. Justin Haskins is an alumnus who hit the ground running.
“We’re called to live every aspect of our lives, including our jobs, as compassionate truth seekers and servant leaders.”
– Justin Haskins
“I first came to Regent University in fall 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in government from the Robertson School of Government (RSG),” Haskins recalls. “I graduated from that program in 2011. I returned to Regent a few years later to get a master’s degree in journalism from the School of Communication & the Arts (SCA) and finished that program in 2015.”
Today, Haskins is the executive editor at The Heartland Institute, a national free-market think tank dedicated to promoting and developing pro-liberty ideas to improve America and the world. In addition to writing articles and overseeing Heartland’s four public-policy newspapers, he’s a columnist and contributor for several influential publications, including The Washington Examiner, The Hill and Townhall.com. The New Hampshire native also has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Forbes and FOX News.
As a result of his high-profile success, Haskins has been named to several “Top 30 Under 30” lists of influential Republicans and conservatives. He’s one alumnus who’s boldly fulfilling Regent’s mission and his calling to be a Christian leader to change the world. “Christians need to take this responsibility more seriously,” he says, “and understand that, in order to improve the world, we need to commit ourselves to serving others in whatever way we can and in whatever opportunities God presents to us.”
Surprisingly, Haskins says he wasn’t a Christian when he first arrived at Regent. He enrolled at RSG while waiting for his then-fiancé, now wife, to graduate from a different university nearby. “At best, I could have been classified as a deist,” he explains. “I took a course called ‘Christian Foundations of Government’ with professor James Davids. In that course, I was challenged to reevaluate my beliefs, which led me on a path to becoming a Christian.”
As a result, Haskins calls his time at Regent “spiritually transformative” and says, “I benefited greatly from being taught by a number of truly remarkable professors, including former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.” He adds that those “incredibly talented and brilliant” instructors taught him “to think, write and study with commitment, courage and love.”
Haskins insists that the university deserves much of the credit for his current success: “Perhaps most importantly, my Regent education reinforced the importance of always seeking the truth.” He continues, “We’re called to live every aspect of our lives, including our jobs, as compassionate truth seekers and servant leaders. If every Christian were to adopt these principles, the world would not only be a happier, healthier, more prosperous place for all people, it would be a place where those who do not believe could clearly see the Church as the shining city on a hill it was always intended to be, drawing more people to God and fulfilling Christ’s commandments.”
Please join the entire Regent University community in praying for the work of Justin Haskins, this month’s Alumni World Changer.